Printing is done 3 to 7pm Monday to Thursday and 1 to 3pm Fridays. Drop off and pay for your print during those times. (Instructions below).
We provide a printing service for our VISA students enrolled in photo/digital courses and other users within the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory; primarily to provide a cost effective means for students enrolled in VISA courses to print their class assignments. Our photo/digital print lab is located in room 208 of the BC Binning building.
We use an Epson 9890 printer capable of printing on media up to 44 inches wide in a high quality colour photographic format. We normally stock and print on Epson Premium Luster photo paper in rolls 16, 24 or 44 inch wide. Other media may be available on request but as a photography lab we only use materials that produce high quality photographic prints.
We also have an Epson 3880* printer. This is a smaller sheet fed printer that produces prints of exceptional quality on a selection of Fine Art papers. We currently stock – Ilford Gallerie Gold Fibre Silk (a paper with a look of traditional fibre based photo paper), Harmon Gloss Baryta (another traditional fibre looking paper, slightly glossy), Epson Hot Press Bright (a heavy-weight smooth matte paper) and Red River Polar Pearl Metallic (a very unique “metallic” looking paper, super glossy). These papers are available up to 17×22 inches and are excellent for making exhibition quality 16×20 prints. If interested on printing on these fine art materials please discuss with Rob or the Lab Assistants. Cost is about 40% higher than our standard Luster photo paper on the 9890 machine.
* (The 3880 printer is not necessarily intended for standard class assignments but rather for those who appreciate learning how to produce Fine Art prints and are interested in spending the extra time finessing their digital files to do so).
HOW IT ALL WORKS – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!
Lab hours are 10am to 7pm Monday to Thursday and 10 to 4:30 Friday.
Printing is done 3 to 7pm Monday to Thursday and 1 to 3pm Fridays*. Bring your files in and pay then. During busy times (ie VISA 110 assignments due) we suggest you come in several days BEFORE you need your print as we can only print 20 or so prints per shift. Please note Friday is a short shift. If 40 – 60 prints are due the next day – you do the math – they won’t all get finished in time!
(*Printing is only available during the Fall and Winter academic terms when classes are in session.)
Our Work Learn student lab assistants are available during the above printing times for questions, assistance and print production.
FILE SET UP INSTRUCTIONS
• Your file should be set up in RGB (even if it’s black & white) – NOT CYMK or any other mode.
• We print in the Adobe RGB (1998) colour space. If you aren’t sure what your file is set in check under the “Edit” menu in Photoshop. In CS3 look under “Color Settings” and for CS5+, “Assign Profile”. Here you may change the colour space to Adobe RGB.
(If you give us files set in sRGB or ProPhoto RGB colour spaces, we automatically convert them to Adobe RGB (1998) BUT they may not print as you expected).
• Files should be given to us for printing saved in TIFF or PSD format.
(Jpegs generally should NOT be used as they are for screen viewing – not printing – they compress and discard information and generally degrade the print quality.)
• Flatten all layers to reduce the file size and speed up printing time.
• Optimum file resolution for printing is 300 dpi – do NOT submit files of higher resolution – it makes file sizes larger than necessary and takes longer to print – there is no benefit to printing at higher resolution than 300 dpi. Files of 200 to 240 dpi are OK for good reproductions in most cases but generally less resolution will result in poorer quality images.
• Do NOT include white borders in your image file. Border width is determined by the paper size you choose. The image will be centered on the paper automatically.
• Your files should be ready to print which means sized to fit the appropriate paper requested – we do NOT resize your images. Give us your print sized in inches as that is how our paper is measured. If you have multiple small images it is more cost effective to print them laid out together in one file, otherwise they will be printed separately on our smallest paper which is 16” wide.
• All media is supplied – students should not expect to print on their own paper.
FILE NAMING IS IMPORTANT!
As you can imagine when we have 30 or 40 files to print and they are all named “project 2” or “print me” or “to be printed” they all sound the same – we can’t tell quickly who’s is what and that slows the whole process down – that means we might not get your print done on time!
Please name your files in a way we can identify them and so we can tell who they belong to – using your NAME would be a good start! Also adding something descriptive about the subject matter would also be helpful.
“Jane_Smith_portait.tif” OR “John_Doe_Haunted_House.tif” would be a GOOD names. These identify the owner quickly and tell us about the image we are looking for.
“project 2 final print.tif” OR “Visa210-2nd project.tif would be BAD names – these say nothing about who’s it is and nothing useful to identify it visually.
Also of note – do NOT use characters other than upper or lowercase letters, numbers, hyphens or underscores in file names. Other characters like #, @, /, ?, (, ) and spaces in file names are generally BAD practice and your file may not open in some instances.
PRINTING PROCEDURES AND WORKFLOW
- Bring in your files on a USB flash drive. Make sure your name is on your flash drive! (Yes, it needs your name – even though you know what it looks like we don’t!) We need to be able to find yours among all the other disks in the basket. If there’s no name on your disk and we can’t find it – guess what – yours gets printed last!
- Fill in your info on the printing sheet located near the printing computer. Print legibly your Name, Phone number, Date/time needed, and name of file to be printed.
- Fill in the Image size which is size of your image (inked area only) – do NOT include white borders in your image size.
- Fill in the Paper size (the paper size will always be 16 in x ?, 24 in x ?, or 44 in x ? as the paper comes in 16, 24 or 44 inch rolls). The paper size should be at least 1 inch bigger than the inked area … In other words, put in on big enough paper to leave at least a half inch border around your inked image. We cannot print (ink) right to the edge of the paper!
- Leave your disk (with your name on it) in the basket labeled “To Be Printed“.
- Ask the Lab Assistant to calculate the price of your print(s).
- Pay for it and obtain a receipt as proof of payment. We except CASH only, sorry no plastic! Bring smaller bills appropriate to the cost of the print – we may not have the change to cash larger bills. For instance, don’t give us a $50 or $100 bill for a print that is only $20 – most assignment sized prints on 16 inch paper are in the range of $12 to $20.
- After it is paid for we print it!
- Finished prints are left on the table in the print lab (Binning 208) and are ready for pick up *usually* the next day. (*see below re class Printing Deadlines). Prints may be picked up anytime the lab is open 10am to 7pm. (We suggest you don’t leave them too long after they are finished as others may handle them causing damage).
- Remember to take your USB flash drive back after your file has been printed. USB’s we are finished with are left in the “Finished” basket.
OTHER STUFF TO KNOW!
- Printing is done between 3pm and 7pm Monday to Thursday, 1 to 3pm Friday. There is NO self serve printing.
- Please drop off your files between during the Lab Assisted hours (see above). The Lab Assistant will calculate the price, accept your payment and write you a receipt.
- *Printing Deadlines – If there is an impending class deadline, especially if it is a LARGE class (ie VISA 110), submit your files EARLY (several workdays before you need the prints) – If you bring them in at the last minute (ie the day before a class assignment is due) printing will not be guaranteed by your due date. Normally we can print within a 24 – 48 hour period except during these extremely busy times.
$$$ – PRICING – $$$
Prints are priced by the size of the material, type of material and the amount inked hence a larger size paper with a small inked area will cost less than the same sheet fully inked.
- Pricing is approximately $6.50 per sq ft (photo paper and ink). For exact quote see our Lab Assistant with your exact inked (image) size and paper size.
- We except CASH only. Bring smaller bills appropriate to the cost of the print – we may not have the change to cash larger bills. Loonies and Toonies welcome too!
- Payment is due when you leave your file(s) for printing. The Lab Assistant will calculate the price, accept your payment and write you a receipt.
- Prints must be paid for BEFORE we print them.
- Get a receipt as that is your proof of payment.
(Revised October 13, 2016)